The Nine Bishops who wrote an open letter protesting that it was wrong to appoint a celibate gay as bishop of Reading last week have got themselves a nickname. They are known to their opponents as the Nazgul.
I don’t want to write any more about this story, which has consumed an enormous amount of my time over the last week for very little reward. I have done some opinion pieces and a canned appearance on Newsnight, but there really isn’t very much to say about something that I just don’t begin to understand.
The two essential points that no one has mentioned in public so far are that the Prime Minister’s appointments secretary is gay, and so is the Bishop of Reading who is being replaced by the gay bishop about whom all the fuss is being made.
Apart from that, the story makes perfect sense.